Myths and Rites as Cultural Expression of Emotion

Philippe Borgeaud
Professor at Department of Ancient Classics, University of Geneva


  • Swiss Citizen. Born on February 27th 1946 .Married. Three sons.
  • 1970     Licence ès lettres (greek - history of religions - french literature), University of Geneva.
  • 1970-1978: Assistant of prof. Jean Rudhardt  for the history of religions (University of Geneva).
  • 1972-1973      Student at large at the University of Chicago (prof. Mircea Eliade).
  • 1973-1974      Research in Rom (Swiss Institute).
  • 1978        PhD thesis : Recherches sur le dieu Pan. Jury: prof. Olivier Reverdin (president), Jean Rudhardt (director), Walter Burkert and Marcel Detienne.
  • 1979-1980 Post-doctoral student at large at the University of Chicago (profs. Mircea Eliade, Arnaldo Momigliano).
  • 1980-1981 Research in Athens and Turkey.
  • 1982-1987               Chef de travaux at the University of Geneva (history of religions)
  • mai 1985 Directeur d'études associé, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (5ème section), Paris.
  • Since 1987   Ordinary professor for the history of ancient religions at the University of Geneva (Faculté des lettres).
  • 1992-1995                     Directeur of the CEPOA (Centre d'étude du Proche-Orient ancien) at the University of Geneva
  • january-april 1995   Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of historical research (Princeton).
  • September – january 1996-1997 : professor invited by the Council of the Humanities and the Department of Classics,  University of Princeton.
  • April 2001 : directeur d’études invité à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, section des sciences religieuses, Paris-Sorbonne.
  • Since 2001 : Coordinator (with Thomas Römer, and Daniel Marguerat, profs. at the Université de Lausanne) of Iris‑religions, Arc lémanique «Science, Vie, Société ». Project on Moses (with Thomas Römer and Youri Volokhine) of the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research.
  • Since 2002: Coordinator at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Collège des humanités) of  « Méditerranée: mythes et textes fondateurs».
  • Since 2005 : Coordinator of  Project 12, « Myths and Rites », of  the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences.
  • Committee of the European Association for the Study of Religions
  • Committee of the Institut romand des sciences bibliques
  • Scientific Committee of the Institut Européen en Sciences des Religions (IESR,  Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris)
  • Advisory board of Revue de l'histoire des religions (Paris)
  • Advisory board of Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (Munich).
  • Advisory board of METIS (Paris)

Selected Publications

  • Ogarkova, A., Borgeaud, P. (2009) (Un)common denominators in research on emotion language. Social Science Information 48(3), 523-543.
  • Ogarkova, A., Borgeaud, P., Scherer, K. R. (2009) Language and culture in emotion research: a multidisciplinary perspective. Social Science Information 48(3), 339-357.